The Mentor Sessions show

The Mentor Sessions

Summary: Francesca Cervero is a full-time yoga teacher and yoga teacher's mentor. She has been teaching yoga in New York City and Washington, DC since 2005 and the foundation of her teaching practice comes from OM Yoga Center’s style of alignment-based vinyasa. Her teaching is also inspired by the years she spent in physical therapy, a constant curiosity about anatomy and biomechanics, and her love of Buddhist teachings. Francesca believes that introducing more people to the deeply healing benefits of yoga has the power to completely transform our world and the best way to get more people practicing (mindful, therapeutic) yoga is to raise the bar of professionalism for yoga teachers. She hopes that yoga teaching can be a career path that is respected and allows for sustainable income. She believes that the responsibility is on us as teachers to be worthy of, and demand such respect. It is for this reason she has maintained a thriving business teaching 15 private yoga clients a week and added a full practice teaching and mentoring yoga teachers in The Science of the Private Lesson™. Here is the plan for The Mentor Sessions: Support + Strategy for Yoga Teachers---> Making the deeply healing benefits of yoga and its sister practices more accessible has the power to transform the world we live in. An important part of making smart, mindful, therapeutic yoga more widely available is for all of us to continue to deepen and evolve as teachers. I believe the depth that arises in teaching comes from inquiry and relationship, not from collecting information from gurus. I want the yoga world to have higher standards for quality teaching AND better support networks for teachers, and I want this podcast to be at the forefront of those discussions. I’m here to offer nourishing support to help you feel more confident in your teaching and realistic strategy to help you find more clarity on your career path.

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 70: Yoga, Human Rights, and Accessibility with Jivana Heyman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:11:18

I’m really grateful to bring you this interview with Jivana Heyman, the founder, and director of Accessible Yoga because his voice and leadership is SO needed right now. Jivana has specialized in teaching yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on community building and social engagement. Out of this work, the Accessible Yoga organization was created to support education, training, and advocacy with the mission of shifting the public perception of yoga.

 69: Teaching Yoga Online | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:59

These are intense, unprecedented times. I know so much about your day to day life has changed in the last few weeks. As yoga teachers, our work has become quite challenging. But if you (and your students) have a computer and an internet connection, it is possible to stay connected with your students, continue to teach and continue to make money if your family depends on your yoga teaching income like mine does.

 68: Teaching Yoga in Corporate Settings with Samantha Harrison | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:49

Teaching yoga classes in workplaces can be a great way to bring yoga to a population who otherwise might not have access to it, AND an awesome way to create well-paying teaching opportunities for ourselves. Samantha Harrison teaches alignment-based vinyasa and gentle yoga in Greenville, North Carolina, and has been able to fully support her whole family (kids too!) teaching corporate and private yoga clients.

 67: Evolving as a Yoga Teacher- A Live Mentoring Session | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:57

Today you’re going to hear a live, unedited 1x1 mentoring session! While the questions we ponder might seem small, I have seen, again and again, how holding space for teachers to think critically about their teaching can have a significant impact. Supporting teachers in being in compassionate inquiry about their teaching practice transforms not just their teaching, but their careers and their lives.

 66: An Intro to Low Back Pain with Jesal Parikh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:54

Back pain is complex and many students end up in yoga classes because they heard it would be good for their "bad back" so I’m super excited to share the wisdom of my friend Jesal Parikh with you today. Jesal has been teaching yoga since 2010, is the co-creator of the Yoga is Dead podcast and serves as a volunteer for World Spine Care Yoga Project. She has a strong background in anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics for yoga teachers and teaches these topics in several yoga teacher trainings.

 65: Marketing for Yoga Teachers with Nikki Naab-Levy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:20

What do you think of when you hear the word “marketing”? Does it make you think of sleazy sales tactics? Or does it remind you of all the things you think you are supposed to be doing, like social media and email lists, and make you feel immediately overwhelmed? Whichever camp you fall into, this episode has something for you! Y'all have been asking me to talk about marketing for yoga teachers for YEARS, and I have resisted until now.

 64: Yoga for Arthritis with Dr. Steffanny Moonaz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:34

Dr. Steffany Moonaz founded Yoga for Arthritis after 8 years at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the effects of yoga for people living with arthritis. She now serves as the Director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, which offers the nation's only Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy.

 63: Self Care is Bigger Than You Think with Gracy Obuchowicz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:04

The term self care is ubiquitous in our world today and since yoga practice is an important part of self care for some people the topic comes up for us yoga teachers quite often! Also, it can be difficult to practice good self care as a yoga teacher running all over town trying to make ends meet, so I am really excited to introduce you to my friend Gracy Obuchowicz today!

 62: Q + A About Private Lessons with Francesca #2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:04

Teaching yoga one-on-one requires a totally different skill set than teaching group classes and these unique skills are left out of most teacher trainings so if you have lots of questions about teaching 1x1 lessons that makes sense. I’ve been a full time yoga teacher since 2005, teaching 15-25 private clients a week for most of the last 14+ years so I’ve got plenty of experience in this realm and am so happy to answer your questions!

 61: Rethinking Yoga Teacher Training with Cecily Milne | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:30

As the creator of Yoga Detour, Cecily Milne is seen as a yoga “integrator”, helping people bridge the gap between the yoga they already love and the other things, like strength and mobility, they're becoming increasingly curious about. You can find Cecily teaching digitally through Detour Method Online and traveling around the world introducing people to the transformative power of intentional, inquiry-based learning and movement.

 60: A Union for Yoga Teachers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:09

A large group of yoga teachers at YogaWorks in New York City is working together to create a labor union that would be the first of its kind. ” in this episode to talk about the wider world we inhabit and how we can work to create a new culture, one that values the kind of work yoga teachers do.

 59: ROM, Neuroscience + Yoga with Garrett Neill | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:21

Dr. Garrett Neill, or Dr. Yogi Gare as he’s known online, is a Chiropractor and a yoga teacher and I LOVE following his work on social media. In his work with patients Dr. Garrett employs Chiropractic Manual Therapies, Soft Tissue Techniques and Corrective Exercises that emphasize stability, strength, and efficiency to ensure his patients are capable of moving in the best way possible. In this episode you'll hear how mobility and flexibility are different from one another and so much more.

 58: All About The Shoulder with Diana Zotos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:20

The shoulder is a notoriously complex and even injury prone joint, but we don’t have to be afraid of it!  Diana Zotos is the co-founder and co-director of Threes Physiyoga Method™ which is dedicated to teaching yoga teachers applied anatomy and kinesiology, and bridging the gap through advanced teacher training between yoga teachers and the healthcare industry. 

 58: All About The Shoulder with Diana Zotos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:23

The shoulder is a notoriously complex and even injury prone joint, but we don’t have to be afraid of it! Today we have Diana Zotos, our resident Physical Therapist, joining us on The Mentor Sessions. Diana is the co-founder and co-director of Threes Physiyoga Method™ which is dedicated to teaching yoga teachers applied anatomy and kinesiology, and bridging the gap through advanced teacher training between yoga teachers and the healthcare industry.

 57: Building Strength with Kathryn Bruni-Young | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:15

Kathryn Bruni-Young is an international teacher, a strength training enthusiast, teacher trainer and the host of the Mindful Strength Podcast. She produces an online studio from her country home in eastern Ontario, and she educates folks on how they can build their strength and add more strengthening to their yoga, pilates and functional movement classes.


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